SINGAPORE (Bernama) – Singapore is studying Malaysia’s proposal to impose RM20 vehicle entry permit (VEP) fee to foreign vehicles entering the country, slated to be implement by middle of this year, saying it will consider matching in some form after getting details of the levy.
In a response to a parliamentary question, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said Singapore’s VEP fee sought to equalise the cost of owning and using a foreign-registered vehicle in Singapore, with that for a Singapore-registered vehicle.
He said Malaysia’s proposed vehicle entry levy, on the other hand, appears to be more akin to a toll on foreign-registered vehicles for revenue purposes.
“If so, we will consider matching in some form after details of the levy are confirmed, including whether it is imposed only at Malaysia’s border with Singapore, or at all its borders,” said Lui.
He was asked whether the ministry was considering adjusting the VEP fee on foreign vehicles entering Singapore, in view of Malaysia’s imposition of a similar VEP fee for Singaporean vehicles entering Johor.
Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi was earlier reported as saying that the details of the VEP fee implementation for foreign vehicles were being worked out and upon completion, the fee would be imposed at the Causeway and the Second Link.
The minister also said that the government was mulling over the implementation of the fee for vehicles entering from Thailand and Brunei.